Black Catholic Heritage Celebrated at Unity Explosion Conference 2011, June 15-19

June 13, 2011

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2011
Contact: Monica Hatcher, Media Relations Specialist
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
713.652.8213 (office)

Unity Explosion Conference 2011, June 15-19

HOUSTON – Join the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for a vibrant celebration and exploration of our black Catholic heritage at the Unity Explosion Conference 2011. The event will be held Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19 at the Marriott Westchase Hotel.

Top Catholic speakers from around the country will discuss topics from evangelization to sacred dance and liturgical music centered on the theme of "Evangelization: Am I a Witness?" Conference tracks, discussions and clinics will address ministry, pastoral care, evangelization and liturgy from an African and African-American perspective.

Keynote presenters include:

• Fr. Gregory Chisholm, S.J., pastor of St. Patrick Church in Oakland, Calif., and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology
• Fr. James A. Goode, OFM, of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life in New York

Dr. Kevin Johnson, Associate Professor of Music at Spelman College and director of the college's Glee Club, is the conference musician.
The conference features tracks for youth, young adults and adults. All are welcome.

WHO: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

WHAT: Unity Explosion Conference 2011

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19

WHERE: Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston, TX 77042

MORE INFO:; Facebook: Unity Region X. Call: 713.652.4406.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston serves 1.3 million Catholics in 10 counties. It is the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the 12th largest in the United States.